Maybe I could say, “WHAT was I thinking?… That emphasis seems a bit more like the real deal. Have you ever asked yourself this question?
I have…oh so many times. Mostly after I’ve bungled up something.
But the good news is, even though I’ve messed up plenty of times, there’s always hope for the future; especially if I do some internal “inventory”, right?
It’s vital to my recovery – body, mind, and soul – that I continue that (Alcoholics Anonymous*). Step 10 (continued to take personal inventory and when we are wrong promptly admit it). So, asking myself this question needs to be commonplace if I want to get to the root of why I do or say what I do.
So here’s a question: Why am I choosing this as today’s topic?
Because it’s the week of Thanksgiving and it is vital to my recovery – my sanity – to remain in a state of thanksgiving (or get back to it if I’ve slipped into a dark and negative place). This all starts with what I am thinking about.
What am I meditating on?
If it’s focusing on all that’s wrong in my life and the world, well, guess what? That isn’t going to feed my soul in joyful ways. I’m NOT an advocate of dismissing real struggles, but when we only do that, we miss the good and there is always something there that’s good. It may be hard to see and acknowledge right now, but it’s there.
But, if I choose to be thankful – not for the “wrong” – but focus on the right, the blessings I already have, then my attitude just sailed upwards to a higher altitude, right?
Try it out. Thanksgiving Day is only a few days away. Lets start right here, right now. What are you thankful for at this moment?
What are you thinking about?
Oh, and here’s a little extra that I’ll share more on tomorrow: there is incredible power in our own tongue. Even if you only share it out loud to God it matters. You might even go a step further and ring someone to tell them you are thankful for them (out loud, as in spoken – if at all possible).
Let’s choose the blessing today.
*AA meetings are in person and online (due to some meeting with pandemic restrictions) but Alcothons for Thanksgiving and Christmas are already posted. Go here for more info (choose your area). You do not have to be alone 💜.